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Katie and her beautiful chestnut Thoroughbred Bastion

She broke her back, but held tight to her dreams

A Pennsylvania English teacher who broke her back while dismounting from a horse is fighting back as a Para-equestrian. Emboldened by personal grit, rewarded for refusing to give up her place in the saddle, Katie Passerotti, 32, of Hermitage has successfully battled her way back from a rare accident in May 2007 that fractured the first lumbar of her vertebrae. The accident was a total fluke, which marked the beginning of a long, difficult journey that had, at its finish line, an un-raced Thoroughbred who would help crystallize Passerotti’s dreams and passion. But first, the journey. On a beautiful May […]